666 Months

Why the title referencing the “devil’s number”? Well because I think we may have a devil child living with us lately.

I had every intention of keeping this blog more up to date and focusing on more day-to-day occurrences than just once-a-month updates, but alas, life is busy…but life is good (mostly).

We are officially homeowners! We closed on our house nearly two weeks ago so our days and nights have now been filled with unpacking, cleaning, moving things around, and collapsing exhausted into bed at the end of the night. Add to that the fact that we have both been very busy at work (mandatory 14 hours of overtime for me this week!) and we barely have time to breathe let alone to blog! However, now that we are all moved in and have some semblance of an office set up, I think I will be able to get back to blogging as much as I want to.

Jaxson’s room was the very first room of our new house that has been cleaned, painted, and all set up. It is really cute! He seems to like it and he even got to pick the paint color (you think I’m kidding – we held up a few color swatches we chose and let him decide and he picked the same color over and over so we went with it). Now every time we hold him near a wall in his room he pats the wall and gazes at it lovingly. No lie!

Although he has a super cute room, sleep has not come easily to our little guy. And therefore, not to us either. We’ve had to alternate getting up with him every night because he has forsaken his 10-12 hour a night sleep schedule for getting up two or three times in the night, screaming and starving. We think he is starting to get some teeth coming in – it looks like you can see them under his gum line but they haven’t cut through yet – and we know that he is hitting a major growth spurt right now since he is wanting to eat ALL. THE. TIME. and yelling for more. And the yelling, my lord, this kid doesn’t shut up! No one believes us when we say that he yells almost non-stop because when we go out he is a perfect, personable angel (except when we go to Target, he grunts and groans so loudly that we get stares, but that is just because shopping makes him poop every single time!). At home though, he yells at his toys, yells at us, yells at the TV, yells at the cat, yells yells yells until we can’t take it anymore. In our new house we have wood floors and no rugs (yet!) so the echo is insane and I think he just capitalizes on that by yelling as loud as he can because, well, its fun hearing yourself yell isn’t it? And he’s started throwing little temper tantrums which is oh-so-fun let me tell you. Deep breath…sigh.

We haven’t had a chance to take his 6 month pictures yet since he’s been in such a craptastic mood for the past two weeks, but he finally slept through the night again last night and it seems to have helped him out with his attitude. Hopefully he will settle back into his long-sleeping trend and we can put these sleepless nights behind us all for a while so we can return to being functioning members of society! I will put pictures up as soon as we have the chance to take them. He’s getting so big!

Other than those concerns, he is doing pretty well. He still has reflux issues, some days are worse than others, but overall he has really done well with the Prevacid. Dr. Helft wants us to start weaning him off once he starts eating real food but we don’t think he’s quite ready yet. He’s been eating 1st and 2nd foods now, fruits and veggies and oatmeal cereal, and he is finally not having potty trouble from it. So we tried skipping every other day on the Prevacid and that did not go smoothly, so I think he still needs it for now. Speaking of the pediatrician, Jax goes to visit Dr. Helft this Friday for his 6 month check-up and shots! I’m sure he will do just fine, but I guess you never know. Here’s hoping for the best. 🙂

Through it all though, I have to give a great big shout-out to my wonderful wife. She really is the glue that holds our family together. She cooks, she cleans, she runs errands, she takes care of the boy, AND she works full-time from home on top of all that. I really admire her, especially in the past couple of weeks when Jaxson has been so impossible to deal with. Just yesterday I came home from working late and took him so she could finish up her work for the day and I held him, trying everything I could to make him happy, and was nearly in tears after an HOUR of him crying and screaming his head off to the point where he was gasping and choking himself. I barely had time to get changed out of my work clothes! I can’t imagine putting up with him like that ALL day, which is exactly what she’s been doing every single day while I’m at work. I get it easy – I get to leave the house all day and only have him for a couple of hours at night before he goes to bed.

A lot of people discount the fact that she is a stay at home mom and think that it should be easy-peasy for her to work from home and take care of Jax, or that neither job is really a “job”. It makes me so angry, because if they really knew how much work it was, how difficult he can be when he’s like this, and how hard it is to just find time to go pee let alone work a full-time job too…well, I just think they should all shut their mouths because its hard work and it sucks sometimes and no one understands or appreciates all the things J does in order for our family to function. I honestly don’t think I could do what she does and remain sane!

J – you are simply amazing and I am so lucky to have you. I love you! Thank you for everything you do! 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. bille greatgrandma
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 14:57:08

    It’s wonderful that Jennifer does such a wonderful job. Being a mother, full time worker and keeping up with housework is a JOB. I know I can vouch for it. I had two beautiful girls and worked, sometimes 3 jobs, cooked, cleaned and sorry to say did not spend enough time with my kids. You both are doing a great job. I love you both. Did he like my quilt? I almost have yours done………..whew working on it with Deb thurs.
    Great grandma


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